Jim Cummings’s 13-minute one-take short “Thunder Road” tells the story of a son eulogizing his mother and won the Grand Jury-prize at Sundance.
“I wanted to do it in one shot because I knew that it would make general audiences feel present and impress audiences interested specifically in film. I knew it was gonna be much more challenging if it was all one shot; the memorization, the dance choreography, the dramatic and comedy pacing, etc. But I had never seen something funny and sad done in a single take: it’s very hard to make audiences laugh and cry in a single scene,” Cummings tells Indiewire. “With long takes, the actors become the film editors in a sense, they decide the pacing and when to move to the next sequence.”
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